On the eve of the Chiefs game against the Jaguars last week, Todd Haley decided to promote WR Verran Tucker to the active roster and release WR Jeremy Horne. Tucker was need for special teams, but as Josh Looney notes, the undrafted free agent was able to contribute on offense as well.
Tucker tallied over 20 snaps last Sunday and actually finished with more offensive repetitions than special teams.
At 6-1, 204, Tucker is a bigger receiver who can make an impact on coverage units, but it’s his mismatch problems as a wide receiver that have had Kansas City’s defensive backs talking. Even prior to his promotion last weekend, a few DBs had raved about Tucker’s ability to make plays in practice. Today, Haley pitched in today with some complimentary words as well.
“He’s got some skill as a receiver,” Haley said. “I’ve been quietly excited about him from a week or so into training camp,” Haley said. “He’s got some unique skills that are not coachable.”
Tucker was targeted one time last week in the passing game, but did not record any statistics. With McCluster’s health is question this weekend, there’s a good chance that Tucker will get another chance to contribute this weekend.
Expect Chris Chambers to be active and a part of the game plan against the Bills but you shouldn’t count out Tucker. I was surprised that he got the call last weekend due to his lack of top end speed and all he did was turn in a solid day on special teams.
Tucker was right in the middle of the Chiefs early fumble recovery on punt coverage. In his only game as a pro, he showed why the team felt was so impressed with the rookie every day in practice. Hopefully Tucker’s emergence as a real rotation player will be a nice kick start to Chambers as he tries to bounce back from being in Haley’s dog house.